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Race and Ethnicity—Implications for 21st Century American Society

David W. Engstrom, PhD, MA, is associate professor of social work at San Diego State University. He received his MA in 1983 and his PhD in 1992 from the School of Social Service Administration, University of Chicago. Dr. Engstrom is author of Presidential Decision Making Adrift: The Carter Administration and the Mariel Boatlift and coauthor of Hispanics in the United States. His research interests focus on immigration policy and services to immigrants and refugees. Dr. Engstrom has written extensively on the plight of vulnerable immigrant populations, such as torture survivors, trafficked people, and people who have suffered from political violence. In addition, Dr. Engstrom has explored the role of bilingual social workers in service delivery.

Lissette M. Piedra, PhD, MSW, is assistant professor at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. She has served on the internal advisory board of the Center for Democracy in a Multiracial Society. Dr. Piedra received her MSW from Loyola University-Chicago and her PhD from the School of Social Service Administration, University of Chicago. Her research interests center on how race and ethnicity intersect with class to influence the development, delivery, and use of health and social services for vulnerable populations. Dr. Piedra is particularly interested in the way that language issues affect the delivery of health and social services and the use of language interpreters alters the dyadic nature of helping relationships into triadic relationships. Her work has appeared in the Journal for Immigrant and Refugee Services and in the Illinois Child Welfare journal.